Art Sparks Blog Hop

I was invited to join 9 fabulous artists in the ART SPARKS Blog Hop, which began on October 31.  Be sure to hop along to see how we each use the ART SPARKS Creative Project Cards and win great giveaways!

ART SPARKS is an exciting, fun way to get started or unstuck with doable, creative projects.  Anyone will be inspired by the colorful artwork on the cards’ flip side.


Karen Friedland, the creator of Art Sparks invited me to try her new Art Sparks Cards. The deck arrives in a pretty purple mesh bag.  Each card features a creative prompt on one side and her art on the other.  Once my deck arrived I quickly went through, reading all the prompts, which will surely inspire and challenge your creativity.  I chose card 27, “Let your imagination run wild!  Imagine a tree like you’ve never seen before.  What if your tree grew in a different direction than up? If the leaves and fruit were unlike anything that had ever hung from a tree before?  Use unlikely tree colors, avoid using green and brown.”


As soon as I read this, I knew this was the one for me.  I’ve had a thing for trees lately.  If you’ve taken a class with me recently you may have noticed my “meditation” tree lesson in The Journey Within and a different Splotch Tree lesson in Splatter, Splotch and Splash II.  Now, I have yet another fun tree idea to add to my growing list.  This one by far is the most unique.  What I liked most is that the card “sparked” my creativity yet I did not have to follow every aspect of the card which means it can be used again and again for even more creative possibilities.  Here’s what I did…

I love images of women, brown women, strong women, beautiful women, angel and fairies and I thought a tree would be the perfect way to embody these characteristics.


Here are a few peeks at my process:


Create a fun background using a variety of acrylic colors.



Doodle your angel/fairy tree.



Paint body, face and flourish branches.



Finish by adding Tiare Smith Designs Angel Stickers, a bit of shading using pastel pencils and sponging on creative pink leaves.


I had fun creating with this deck and I think you will too.  Therefore, I am giving away a deck to one lucky winner!  Woot! Woot!  Just leave a comment below for your chance to win.  Can’t wait?  Use code  ARTSPARKSINTRO at checkout to receive 10% off.

And since I am feeling generous I am also going to give away a set of my Angel Stickers to another lucky someone!  Be sure to sign up for my newsletter here and not only will you get a chance to win but you’ll get access to some of my fun, creative tutorials!  WIN! WIN!  Winners will be announced next week.

Thanks for joining me…now be sure to check out the other artists, as well.  They have some cool giveaways too!


Monday, October 31, 2016 – Karen Friedland:
Monday, October 31, 2016 – Sadelle Wiltshire:

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – Jeri Bellini:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 – Yva Lovee Barbour:

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – Barb Owen:
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 – Tiare Smith:

Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Gina Ahrens:
Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Melissa Partridge:

Friday, November 4, 2016 – Kiala Givehand:
Friday, November 4, 2016 – Tori Weyers:

Happy Hopping!



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  1. Natasha Alston

    These are amazing!!! I love how the cards make you think outside the box (like not using tree colors like brown and green to create your own image of your tree).

    Art is all about creating your own boxes!!

  2. First of all, those cards look amazing and what an interesting prompt. Would love to read more of them. Your take is just awesome, Tiare, but I would expect nothing less…. On my way to see the other blogs. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Rita Montgomery

    Oh, my gosh…I love the colors in your art piece. Thank you so much for sharing your process and for your generous giveaway.
    I also just signed up for your newsletter. Take care.

  4. Angelique Becking

    Hello Tiare. I love your page! I think this card deck is great and I think that I can discover new techniques with them! I can really use it because I struggle often with how to start a page. Greetings from the Netherlands <3

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